Surely, we do not need much logic to convince us that our Lord Jesus Christ is the GOOD SHEPHERD. This is because, the qualities of a good shepherd are quite glaring in his entire life and ministry; with the highest of them all being laying down his LIFE for his Sheep (Cf. Jn 10:11-18, 15:13).
Now, the LOVING PRESENCE of Christ, the Good Shepherd to the Church, his Sheep, did not end with his earthly life and ministry. To maintain his identity as the Good Shepherd, he left his ETERNAL PRESENCE to his Church through the life and ministry of PRIESTS.
Hence the Catechism affirms: “The Church…, even though governed by human shepherds, are UNFAILINGLY NOURISHED and led by CHRIST himself, the Good Shepherd and Prince of Shepherds, who gave his life for his sheep” (CCC, n. 754).
The Vatican Council II corroborates the above thus: “In order to SHEPHERD the People of God and to increase its numbers without cease, Christ the Lord set up in his Church a variety of offices which aim at the good of the whole body…” (LG, n. 18).
Therefore, to continuously benefit from this Eternal Presence of Christ, the Good Shepherd, in his Church, we have to resolve to always be Good, Humble and Obedient Sheep. When, Christ, the Good Shepherd is directing us to the ‘Greener Pastures’, through the Teachings of the Church, let us not prefer to remain hungry through Disobedience of those Teachings. Remember, that the Church, in obedience to Jesus Christ, remains always a Loving Mother, Teacher and Shepherd.
We Pray the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of the Church, to always obtain for us the grace to be DOCILE to the guidance of Christ the Good Shepherd through his Ministers. Amen.
(CATECHESIS “NKUZI NKE OKWUKWE” FOR THE 4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY)B)
READINGS: R1 Acts 4:8-12, R2 1 Jn 3:1-2, Gosp. Jn 10:11-18)
– Rev. Fr. David Okolie